The Case for Leaving the Damn Car as it Is

I have a small front deck off my upstairs bedroom. I’m not exaggerating when I say small, either – though it is about 10 feet long, it only extends out about 4 feet from the front wall. Once you factor in the cookie-cutter railing, the window and door sills, and […]

It Is Time to Enclose the Cockpit on Open Wheel Racing Cars

With the recent passing of Justin Wilson, this is going to be a trendy topic for a little while now, but it is actually one I considered lending my voice to for quite a while. I fell in love with auto racing watching Formula 1 at the turn of the 21st century. […]

3 Movie Cars I Would Kill to Drive

Maybe that title is a little extreme. I would never end someone’s life; certainly not over a car. The expression notwithstanding, though, there are some that I would be very… motivated to find a way to pilot, even if only for a few moments. Movie cars frequently represent the great […]

It’s Not You… It’s Me

In life and love, every relationship reaches a point where one (or both) of the parties involved starts to look at its development with a more critical eye. Serious questions are asked: “Is this really what I want?” “Am I as happy as I could be? As I should be?” […]

Fulfill Yourself: Go Work on Something

I’m in a bit of an automotive funk lately. I’ve mused about similar topics before, but lately I feel very down on the current and future state of the car. The feel, the fun, and the personality all seem to be gone from the kinds of cars normal people buy. […]

Inexpensive Auto-X Gear For the Novice — 2015 Edition

Even though I wrote it more than four years ago now, one of my most frequently-read posts continues to be the one in which I talk about inexpensive gear for auto-x newcomers. Since the advice is still good and there still appears to be a call for the info, I figured […]

Is Parity Possible in F1? One Race in and I’m Bored.

Yep, the first race of the Formula 1 season has come and gone, and I’ve seen all I need to see. To no one’s surprise, Mercedes took a commanding 1-2 finish in Melbourne — Lewis Hamilton 1.36 seconds clear of teammate Nico Rosberg. The next closest? Sebastian Vettel’s Ferrari 33.163 […]

In Search of a New Project Car 2

Last year (2014) was a tough one for me, automotively speaking. I won’t go in to details, but bad weather claimed the Integra GS-R project I had been planning since late 2013. Then I made a bad call on a used Mini that never ran right and ended up back […]

Where Each Formula 1 Team Stands Going in to 2015

The winter testing season is done. With the data gathered, the cars will undergo their final metamorphoses and the drivers will hopefully enjoy a few moments of calm before the storm. The first race in Melbourne on March 15 is just a date on the calendar and, with about two weeks to go, […]

What We Learned From Another Weekend of F1 Testing

Preseason testing in Formula 1 is really not that different from the preseason in any sport: there’s plenty of information to be gleaned in bits, but attempting to draw sweeping conclusions is usually a futile exercise. This past weekend’s testing session in Barcelona was more revealing than most, though. Here are a […]